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The Acts of the Apostles
The Acts of the Apostles

The Acts of the Apostles

Translated by Nicholas Kotar, Edited by Vitaly Permiakov, By Averky Taushev

Commentary on the Holy Scriptures of the


128 Pages, 7 x 10

Formats: Cloth, Mobipocket, EPUB

Cloth, $25.00 (US $25.00) (CA $34.00)

Publication Date: September 2017

ISBN 9781942699156

Rights: WOR

Holy Trinity Publications (Sep 2017)
Holy Trinity Seminary Press


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Writing in the tradition of biblical exegetes, such as St John Chrysostom, Blessed Theophylact of Bulgaria, and St Theophan the Recluse, the work of Archbishop Averky (Taushev) provides a commentary that is firmly grounded in the teaching of the Church, manifested in its liturgical hymnography and the works of the Holy Fathers. Using the best of prerevolutionary Russian sources, these writings also remained abreast of developments in Western biblical scholarship, engaging with it directly and honestly. In this second of three planned volumes, the author explains the significance of the Church's earliest history, as recorded in the Book of Acts. Questions of authorship and time of composition are also addressed. Archbishop Averky's commentaries on the New Testament have become standard textbooks in Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary and have been published in Russia to widespread acclaim. This present volume is the first translation of these texts into English. it is an indispensable addition to the library of every student of the New Testament.


"Whether you have never read the Gospels or read them hundreds of times, you will be spiritually enriched with your reading of this commentary. I cannot wait for Volume II on The Epistles to be released." —Stuart Dunn,

"A text that would benefit any pious laymen, but which should be a go to reference for Orthodox clergy." —Fr. John Whiteford,

"Taushev suggests that the book of Acts paints a picture of the Christian church as having been established among the Jews of Palestine according to the words of the Lord himself, spreading into a pagan milieu, and eventually reaching Asia and southern Europe." —New Testament Abstracts 61/3 - 2017

"This commentary on Acts, based on summary lectures for a course on the NT taught between 1952-1955, aims to give readers and those who study the NT a key to understanding and interpreting the Scriptures according to the teachings of the Russian Orthodox Church." —New Testament Abstracts

Author Biography

Nicholas Kotar is a translator as well as an author of fantasy novels inspired by traditional Russian folk tales. He is also a founding member of Conquering Time, an ensemble of performance, visual, and literary artists inspired by the Inklings that stages original works of storytelling and traditional music and publishes new poetry and prose. He holds a degree in Russian Literature from UC Berkeley and a B.Th. from Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville, NY. Dr Vitaly Permiakov holds a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. His is the Assistant Professor of Dogmatic and Liturgical Theology at Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary (Jordanville, NY) and managing editor of Holy Trinity Seminary Press. Archbishop Averky (Taushev) (1906–1976) was born in Imperial Russia. After the Russian Revolution he taught and served in Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, and Germany before being assigned in 1951 to teach at the Holy Trinity Seminary in New York. In 1960 became the abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery. As abbot and rector, he was heavily involved in the formation of the seminary curriculum and the daily life of the seminarians and monks. He became well known among Orthodox Christians for his staunch defense of his Church's faith and traditions.